Fabric sofas have a great look and can be especially cozy. They can also be a major nightmare when it comes to cleaning. However, spills happen from time to time and, unless you adorn your couch with those beautiful plastic covers, you are going to need to know fabric sofa cleaning facts.
Reclaim your couch’s lounge-worthy status with the help of some handy how-to.
Firstly, Look Before You Clean
There are a few facts you need to be aware of when determining how to clean a fabric sofa properly.
Look for the manufacturer’s instructions:
Always check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions before attempting to remove stains from your couch. If you miss out on this could void warranties or flat-out ruin your couch.
Tags have your answers to cleaning questions:
If you cannot find the manufacturer’s instructions, do not worry. There would be a tag on your couch cushions that clues you on important facts, such as whether the material is water-soluble. Always remember that one side of the tag may address the cleaning of the sofa cover, while the other will provide information for washing the cushions themselves. Make sure you are looking at the correct tag before you clean.
Properly reading a cleaning tag can save you a lot of grief:
Typically, you will find one of four letters on the cleaning tag of your sofa. Here is what each means:
- W — You can clean this material using water.
- S — No water. You will need to purchase a special solvent-based cleaner.
- WS — You can use water or a solvent-based cleaner on this sofa.
- X — Vacuum only.
You should never deviate from the recommended cleaning methods on the tags:
Water may seem harmless, but if you use it to clean a couch that specifically calls for a solvent-based cleaner and nothing else, you are going to be in for an unpleasant surprise. Believe it or not, the water will actually leave a stain on your sofa. Do not risk ruining your furniture. Follow the tags. They know what’s best for your couch.
If you are not sure about the stain and do not know how to handle it, your most convenient and right choice is to call a professional upholstery cleaning company!
My Cleaner, Inc. will inspect all problem areas. In most instances 100%, stain removal is achieved. We provide upholstery cleaning in Cape Coral and nearby areas.
If you remember these tips, the life of your fabric sofa will be prolonged.
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Happy cleaning! 😉